Music for Minors kicks off fundraising campaign

Music for Minors is launching a peer-to-peer campaign, “What Music Means,” to celebrate its 40th anniversary by raising $40,000 in 40 days.

Supporters are participating as donors and fundraisers to use social media to spread the word about the importance of music education and help generate the funds needed to sustain and expand such programs.

Community Foundation course helps residents become 'LEAD'-ers

The Los Altos Community Foundation sponsors the Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) program, which provides an in-depth introduction to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

The 2017 LEAD program is scheduled to open with a half-day workshop 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 21, followed by 10 classes slated 7-9 p.m. Wednesday evenings every other week February through May.

Schola presents family-friendly concert

Courtesy of Schola Cantorum
Harpist Dan Levitan will lend his talents to Schola Cantorum’s Dec. 18 holiday concert.

Schola Cantorum has scheduled its holiday concert, “Christmas Angels,” 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The program will feature the 70-member choir singing seasonal favorites, harp interludes by virtuoso soloist Dan Levitan and a performance of Conrad Susa’s “Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest.” The festivities will culminate in a traditional audience sing-along.

Los Altos Rhodes Scholar sees health within a community's greater context


From guide dogs to culinary architecture, Los Altos native Alexis Doyle has worked across fields as a young scholar, but she had to learn to knit it all together – not only as a pre-medical student, but as a candidate proving her bona fides for a Rhodes Scholarship. She joined the incoming class of Rhodes Scholars last month, earning one of the nation’s most prestigious scholastic honors.

Doyle frames the notoriously rigorous Rhodes interview as a “fun and challenging experience.” The conversation ranged from the character-building failures of learning to train a guide dog to her research into parasitic infection in Guatemala.

El Camino Hospital official describes expansion project for Rotarians

Town Crier File Illustration
A new two-story, 56,000-square-foot behavioral health building, rendering above, is part of El Camino Hospital’s expansion plans, the hospital’s facilities chief, Ken King, told Los Altos Rotarians.


El Camino Hospital’s Mountain View campus is expanding, but Ken King, chief administrative services officer, has managed any growing pains.

Child Advocates provides stability and hope for at-risk children

Courtesy of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Ann Oliver of Los Altos, left, serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Colette, right, through Child Advocates of Silicon Valley.

• Mission: Child Advocates’ mission is to provide stability and hope to children who have experienced abuse and neglect by serving as a powerful voice in their lives. The agency recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers who work with children in the dependency system. Each CASA volunteer is matched one-to-one with a child and acts as a mentor, advocate and caring friend for that child.

The nonprofit focuses on “8 Key Areas of Support” for achieving positive outcomes: education, trust and relationship building, self-esteem building, healthy choices and behaviors, developmental milestones/independent living skills, new experiences, cultural/community events and extracurricular activities.

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